Today is not only the first day of 2010, but it's also the day that several individuals around the world, wake up to see an email from Microsoft. That email states that they have been awarded (or re-awarded), the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award. This award is to recognize their community contributions over the past year; specifically in helping others get the most out of Microsoft technologies (like Office, Zune, XBOX 360, Sharepoint, Home Server, etc).
There are only roughly 4000 MVPs throughout the world, so having the honor is a high achievement. With the award comes the chance for early beta-testing, being able to submit direct feedback to the various product teams and attending events like the 2010 MVP Global Summit, which takes place at Microsoft's campus in Redmond, Washington from February 16 - 19, 2010.
I have the honor of being a Microsoft MVP for their Zune technology (so if you have any questions about the Zune brand, device, software, whatever) feel free to ask me.
Many congratulations to everyone who has been awarded an MVP award today. Keep up the fantastic work. The community (and Microsoft) thanks you!